Starting with The Game of Thrones, the series doesn't pull any pucnhes and avoids the 'young-son-of-a-king-killed-by-evil-brother-grows-up-to-be-a-hero' storyline.
It's the best series i've read since Tolkein, brilliant characters, awesome plot. Currently re-reading for the 4th time :)
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)